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Wilson focused on Cherries form as England calls mount

Read Sport logo Read Sport 05/11/2018 Ashley Colbourn
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AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has reiterated that his focus lies with the Cherries amidst growing calls for him to be called up to the England squad.

The Bournemouth Echo write that England assistant manager Steve Holland is believed to have been in attendance as Wilson opened the scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

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That strike was the 26-year-old’s 50th for the club that he joined from Coventry City in 2014 and his sixth of this Premier League season.

The forward has played under Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate before, replacing Harry Kane in an England U21 fixture shortly after his switch to the South Coast.

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However, he is yet to represent his country at senior level, and his form coupled with a lack of striking options give him a strong case for a call-up.

After Saturday’s defeat, Wilson said:

“I don’t want to talk my way into the squad. I want to play my way in and focus game-by-game here for Bournemouth.”

Southgate is expected to name his squad for the upcoming friendly with the USA and Nations League clash with Croatia on Thursday.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe also had his say on Wilson and England:

“It’s difficult for me to speak on behalf of Gareth. I am sure he and his team will be watching every player that is English and doing well in the Premier League – Callum will definitely come into that bracket.”

“He’s a striker in form, is confident at the moment and producing some good performances for us – that is all he can do.”


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